Bladen Community College Board of Trustees Conduct Emergency Meeting
Bladen County Community College Board of Trustees met today in a telephonic, emergency meeting called to address the college’s response to the COVID-19 event as well as to consider policies that pertained to that response.
The Board approved a policy, in line with the state enacted policy, that allows the college president the discretion to make decisions regarding the college while in a Governor declared state of emergency. The policy includes among others, steps to extend administrative leave and allow college employees to telework and flexibility in work assignments. The policy was approved to be retroactive to March 16th.
“We want to assure the public that Bladen Community College is being proactive in efforts to help prevent the spread of illness among our students, faculty, staff and community. We urge you to stay connected to the college through email and by visiting our webpage, “ said Dr. Amanda L ee, President.
A dedicated webpage http://www.bladencc.edu/public-health-notice/ has been developed to keep the community informed and should be visited often for the latest developments related to the operations of the College during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“College leadership has put into place contingency plans and is preparing to sustain critical college functions, including instruction, information technology, essential business office activities, safety, security, and maintenance during this time of response to COVID-19,” added Board Chair, Dennis Troy.
To limit the number of people on Bladen Community College’s campus and lessen the potential spread of COVID-19, college officials are asking the public to limit their visits to the campus and encouraging students to contact their instructor or the college through email. Students who may need access to WiFi and/or use of a computer may contact the Student Resource Center to make an appointment to come on campus for assistance.
Last week, many community colleges across North Carolina extended their Spring Break, and began to transition their instruction to an online format. Bladen Community College is among those and began its online classes for all classes on Monday, March 23.
Peter Hans, President, NC Community College System, has held and continues to hold conference calls daily with college presidents and formed a COVID-29 Response Advisory Committee of six presidents who represent their respective regions. Dr. Amanda Lee, President of Bladen Community College, is one of those six presidents and represents the southeastern region of the state.